Registered Agents of Wyoming LLC: Everything You Need to Know
Registered agents of Wyoming LLC are individuals or businesses that act as representatives of limited liability companies (LLCs) in Wyoming for receiving service of process and other business documents. 3 min read
Registered agents of Wyoming LLC are individuals or businesses that act as representatives of limited liability companies (LLCs) in Wyoming for receiving service of process and other business documents. Appointing a registered agent is a requirement for forming an LLC in Wyoming. While the process of nominating a registered agent is relatively easy, it is important that a business choose the right agent to act on its behalf.
What Is a Registered Agent?
Before submitting the Articles of Organization to the Wyoming Business Division, a business is required to nominate a registered agent to handle its legal mail. Also referred to as “service of process,” legal mail includes items such as summons, complaints, and subpoenas. The court requires a company to have a reliable street address for receiving important documents. Such an address also facilitates easy tracking of deliveries. In many states, a registered agent is also responsible for receiving tax notices, annual report reminders, and other business documents. In Wyoming, the Secretary of State mostly corresponds with businesses via email.
Every business in Wyoming must appoint and maintain a registered agent in the state to receive service of process. If a business fails to do so, it will be revoked or dissolved.
What are the Responsibilities of a Registered Agent?
If an LLC faces a lawsuit, its registered agent will be responsible for receiving legal documents on its behalf. In addition, the registered agent is required to notify the LLC when it receives documents and forward the documents to the company. It must also provide notifications when the annual reports of the LLC are due and ensure that the address of the registered office will be maintained. There are certain kinds of information about the LLC that the registered agent is required to keep at its physical address in Wyoming, including:
- Names and addresses of key individuals, including LLC members, directors, managers, officers, and other people in a similar capacity
- Name, business phone number, and address of a natural person who has the authority to receive correspondence from the registered agent but is not under the employment of the agent
Such information is used when a state or law enforcement agency needs to contact the LLC.
Who Can an LLC Appoint as a Registered Agent?
An LLC has three choices when it comes to electing a registered agent. The registered agent can be:
- A member of the LLC
- A family member or friend
- A commercial registered agent
Requirements for a Registered Agent
The registered agent can be an individual who is a Wyoming resident or a business entity that is authorized to conduct business in Wyoming. The agent is required to have a physical Wyoming address. If an individual is chosen as the registered agent, he or she must be 18 years or older, have a street address in Wyoming, and reside in the state. The registered agent is required to sign the Consent to Appointment, which must be submitted with the LLC filing.
How to Find and Select a Registered Agent
It is important for LLCs to know that not all individuals and businesses qualify to be a registered agent. Only an individual or business that has a Wyoming street address and is a resident of Wyoming, at least 18 years old, and available during business hours can act as a registered agent.
If an LLC wishes to appoint one of its members as its registered agent, the chosen member must have a Wyoming street address. If the member does not have one, he or she can use the address of a family member or friend. If the member does not have a Wyoming street address or family member or friend with a Wyoming street address, he or she can hire a commercial registered agent.
An LLC that chooses to hire a commercial registered agent should do some research before hiring one. There is a list of reliable commercial registered agents on the website of the Wyoming Secretary of State. The list does not include all the commercial registered agents in the state because some agents prefer not to have their information made available to the public.
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